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East End Design Tour

Take a trip behind the scenes of London’s oldest and most exciting hive of designer-makers this Saturday with The School of Life. The day-long tour visits a private Spitalfields home, where 17th-century Huguenot weavers spun their famous silks and the studios of cutting edge design collectives who are reinventing traditional practices for the future. You’ll meet independent ceramists, textile designers, printers and furniture makers who will demonstrate their processes and expound on their philosophies plus you can even try your own hand at a couple of their techniques. Studios opening their doors include printer maker Daniel Heath, emerging design consultancy […]

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Kris Ruhs: Landing on Earth

The Milan based American artist and designer of 10 Corso Como is inhabiting The Wapping Project during the London Design Festival and Frieze Art Fair with three new works installed in the Boiler House. Ruhs is an idiosyncratic artist and maker of sculpture, furniture, ceramics, paintings, books and crafted glass. Landing on Earth will reflect three aspects of his studios. The entry installation is an 11 metre by 4.5 metre veil of metal through which shards of light and space can be seen. This separation shatters the unity of the Boiler Room’s volume and allows the audience to carve out […]

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Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Cocktails

News reaches us that a new and exciting cocktail menu by the luxurious hotel group Dorchester Collection, will be available during the forthcoming fashion season in Europe from 6 September to 3 October 2012 at 45 Park Lane in London, Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris and Le Richemond in Geneva. But what's actually happening? Well, to celebrate the designers who have been shortlisted for the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, a set of cocktails have been concocted to celebrate their unique style.  In London? Annelie Augustin and Odély Teboul joined forces with […]

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Fred Butler for Red Bull

  Red Bull Catwalk Studio returns with one of London Fashion Week’s most colourful designers Fred Butler, to create an original track with artist Two Inch Punch at The Red Bull Studio in London featuring vocals by the designer. The track will embody the themes and inspiration behind Fred’s colourful creations and will become the soundtrack of her fashion film to be premiered during her Spring/Summer 2013 presentation at Somerset House on the 17th September 2012. Fred’s innovative and structural fashion accessories explore contrasts in colour and texture and have adorned the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Beth Ditto […]

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Lanvin Bubblegum

Ok so Alber Elbaz hasn’t quite joined forces with Hubba Bubba but he HAS collaborated with Ladurée Macarons to design the most gorgeous box for the Parisian confectionary marque’s new bubblegum flavoured treats. They say that a delectable air of childhood surrounds those with a soft spot for sweets and never a truer word could be said of the Lanvin creative director. It is this whimsical spirit that inspired his sketched faces of the long-lashed lovelies decorating the Ladurée packaging– all accessorised to the max of course. A bright red pop of grosgrain ribbon adds a final touch of style […]

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The art of Swatch

If you’re gearing up for Frieze’s annual art fest next month you can get ahead of the curve and buy into the new Swatch & Art collaboration launching this week. The latest designs draw inspiration from the world of tattoo art in collaboration with French tattoo artists Tin Tin and Emmanuelle Antille. And if you’re curious as to their fashion pedigree, they have inked Jean-Paul Gaultier. You get the picture. But you won’t find any naughty Damien Hirst-esque butterflies here. Rather black and white printed dragons, multi-coloured snakes and these blue and black prints more reminiscent of delicate china than […]

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Minnie Mouse in fashion

Smurfette in Dolce, Barbie in Wah, Miss Piggy in Louboutins… unlikely fashion icons are born every day. And next to be clasped to the bosom of the fash pack is Disney’s Minnie Mouse.  Disney has joined forces with the BFC/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation and enlisted a winning line up of designers – Giles, Michael van der Ham, Richard Nicoll (sketch pictured), Piers Atkinson, Katie Hillier, Lulu Guinness, Tatty Devine and Terry de Havilland to reinterpret those trademark ears, bows and polka dots. The resulting one-off collection of Minnie Mouse Must Haves will be unveiled at London Fashion Week – Meadham […]

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The Harrods Crowns Auction

As our thoughts turn from the Jubilee to Olympic medals, Harrods is auctioning off four one-of-a-kind designer crowns created by Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Paul Smith and Lanvin and currently on display in the luxury store’s spectacular Diamond Jubilee windows. So if you aren’t in the running for an Olympic Gold, you’re still in with a chance to win out in the style stakes – if your bank balance can take it that is! However, it’s all in a good cause as all proceeds from the auction will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. Bids have already opened and bidding closes on […]

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Dalston Supernova

Art director Alun Davies whose credits span both British and Italian Vogue is launching his debut art installation Dalston Supernova at Dalston Superstore. Curated by Saskia Wickins, expect a world of colourful, futuristic landscapes expressed in a multi-media environment of mural paintings, luminous neon sculpture, 3D props, film, photography and sculpted portraits. Davies has created a gallery of characters who act out narratives of relationships: love, death, battle and betrayal bedecked in his trademark costumes. Davies has drawn inspiration from his own back catalogue including outfits worn by T.E.E.D, Lady Gaga’s Monsterball dance troupe. Fellow collaborators aka Muses of Metamorphosis […]

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Team Karl

The Olympics may start on 27 July but, as ever, Karl Lagerfeld’s an early adopter with the launch of Team Karl at Selfridges, an exclusive capsule collection capturing the energy and celebrations around the Games. The line compliments the debut of the main KARL LAGERFELD – KARL MAN + WOMAN collections with a pop-up store on the third floor Contemporary Womenswear Department housing a limited-edition range of t-shirts in collaboration with design agency, I Love Dust. Dedicated Karl Lagerfeld windows will also sit at the front of Selfridges main entrance offering a sneak preview of what’s to come. On your […]

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Redistributing Fashion

Head to Westbourne Grove tomorrow for Redistributing Fashion, a spring pop-up sale in aid of Notting Hill youth, education and housing charity, The Rugby Portobello Trust. The event is curated by luxury clothing agency, Chic&Seek and will feature a wide range of London’s boutique fashion and lifestyle brands selling luxury labels at discounted prices. There’s also the Celebriy Chic & Seek rail filled with must-have pieces donated by high profile individuals and celebrities including Kirsty Young, Princess Marie-Chantal and Poppy Delevingne. And when you’ve shopped til you’ve nearly dropped, chill out in the Health & Happiness zone, get snapped in […]

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Rouge Coco

Chanel has done it again.  Peter Phillips, the creative director of Chanel make up, has created a Spring line full of soft pinks, light corals and pure colours, to show a perfect reflection of the new Season.  Every piece of the new collection is adorned with a seductive glamour and subtlety that makes it impossible not to be tempted by all of it.   Their Rouge Coco lipstick range offers an extensive use of colours, from orange corals to pale pinks or the beautifully alluring plum, and their elegant and flattering shades mean you are able to wear them throughout […]

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